Strata warning over renovations and upgrades in Aussie towers

first_imgThe burnt out upper floors at remains of the Grenfell Tower block in north Kensington, west London on June 22, 2017. Picture: AFP/Niklas HallenTHE terror of London’s Grenfell Tower fire should be a wakeup call for Australian unit owners, experts warn, with some buildings already known to be non-compliant.Archers the Strata Professionals director Colin Archer said owners should be investigating fire safety compliance of their buildings.Among those who should re-evaluate were people who had renovated or upgraded their apartment or building, he said.“Many people will put in a security door, install or remove internal partitions, or have a deadlock or peephole installed, without realising this could interfere with the doors fire-safety, rendering it non-compliant with regulations.”“We recommend before any planned changes to a building are set in stone, particularly amendments to stairwells and lifts, a private certifier should be engaged to ensure the changes will not impinge on fire safety.”Mr Archer said it was cladding that caused the Lacrosse fire in Melbourne’s Docklands just three years ago, where the cost was estimated at $15million or $50,000 per apartment.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoA general view of the Lacrosse building in the Docklands on June 16, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty ImagesThe Insulated Panel Council Australasia said Queensland’s laws involving high rise building safety were beefed up as recently as May by the State Parliament.The new laws were designed to prevent the use of non-conforming construction products in Queensland and lower the risk of building fires, according to IPCA chief executive Ron Lawson.“That’s not to say fires can’t happen, but we as an industry are doing everything we can to minimise the risk. Building regulations should improve safety, health and amenity. Getting legislators to put rules in place and then industry following them with the rules or legislation being enforced, is crucial to building safety and that’s what is happening.”He said “audits have already been done on cladding materials used in high-rise buildings in Australia”, and acknowledged there were some non-compliant buildings that were not built to code.“We don’t need new audits of those buildings as has been suggested, but we could have better qualified people take another look at them and make recommendations on prioritising the replacement of non-compliant material,” he said.Mr Archer warned that bodies corporate needed to know what their situation was, regardless of whether the remedy came at a substantial cost or valuation downgrade to the building.“We will closely monitor the dilemma facing legislators in coming to a workable solution to provide tighter regulation, knowing that in instances where the building products are found to be faulty after the expiry of the defects period there is unlikely to be any building insurance remedy, with the repair cost to be at the owners’ expense.”last_img read more

New Year Ð new look

first_img9 Jan 2015 New Year Ð new look The New Year brings a fresh look for England Golf’s top players. January 1, 2015 marked the start of our partnership with TaylorMade-adidas Golf, who are now our official sponsor for apparel, footwear, golf balls and accessories. Players from our national squads were given a preview at last month’s England Golf coaching conference, when they were fitted for their kit. Some swapped the fairway for the catwalk and strutted their stuff to show off the new look to guests at an awards dinner. They were also able to step aboard the TaylorMade Tour Truck and find out how the company supports stars like Justin Rose and secures the status of Number One Driver on Tour. England Golf Chief Executive David Joy commented on the new partnership: “We believe this new relationship will not only provide our players with the best product but also a partner who can work with us as we strive to meet our ambitions to get more people playing golf more often, increase the number of club members and support stronger clubs.” David Silvers, Managing Director, TaylorMade-adidas Golf EMEA, said: “Our partnership with England Golf provides us with a great opportunity to support the game at all levels and deliver on our long-term commitment to grow and develop the amateur game whilst in turn building a stronger relationship with golfers. “Everyone at TMaG is really looking forward to working with England Golf, not only ensuring their players receive the best support possible but also in activating the future plans of their wider strategy to grow the game.” Caption: Caption: Squad players Marco Penge (left) and Annabel Bailey (second right) with Performance Managers Rebecca Wood and Stephen Burnett. (Image © Leaderboard Photography)last_img read more